Smoking behind the sheds will soon be a thing of the past as the British Ministry of Defence is set to go tobacco-free at all sites in the UK by 31 December next year.
The Defence Smoke-Free Working Environment directive supports the UK government’s aim to reduce the percentage of UK adults who smoke from 15.5 per cent to 12 per cent or less.
The unhealthy addiction is one of the leading causes of premature deaths, with 200 people dying each day from smoking in England.
Launched to coincide with the 10th year of ‘Stoptober’, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has directed the policy to help smokers give up and to prevent non-smokers from taking up the habit.
The government’s smoke-free policy is a prohibition of the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) within the perimeter of a Defence site and/or near to site entrances (except singles living-in accommodation and family accommodation (which are governed by the rules of the tenancy agreements)).
The prohibition apples to the whole defence force and applies to everyone on every defence site, including contractors, visitors and non-MOD personnel, at all hours and on all days.
Vaping will still be allowed, but only in designated areas.